by Larry Blomquist
During my years as a commercial taxidermist I have mounted most of the game animals hunted by my North American customers from around the world. In saying that, I could count on both hands the number of roe deer I received. I am not sure why, since roe deer are an extremely popular game animal in Europe, much like whitetail deer are here in the US. When we produced the two World Shows in Salzburg Austria, it was necessary to change the “Whitetail Deer” category to “Roe Deer.”
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by John Jennings
Anybody and everybody who practices taxidermy knows that the word TAXIDERMY is derived from two ancient Greek words: TAXIS, meaning movement; and DERMA, meaning skin.
I’m finding that the word TAX is still Greek to many of us, and that makes MY skin crawl.
An accountant can only work with the information you provide. Even though he/she signs your tax return, you are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of every item reported.
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by Larry Blomquist
In the last issue we featured a 14-page reference guide of the major grouse species of North America. Over the next several issues I will target some of the common species that taxidermists are likely to receive. Of course, many of these grouse are regional in their distribution, but with the popularity in game bird hunting as strong as ever, taxidermists in any area of North America should not be surprised if one of them finds their counters.
This feature offers reference of both the greater and lesser prairie chickens. My photo sources offered excellent photography of both subspecies, but the most diverse selection was of the lesser prairie chicken. I would like to note that subspecies are so similar that reference of either will work for both.
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After enjoying the myriad of live reference pictures in Breakthrough’s recent photographic reference articles on the grouse of North America, created and written by publisher Larry Blomquist, this issue seemed to be the perfect venue to create a grouse mount using these marvelous upland game bird reference studies! Using the reference and mounting an actual prairie grouse, good friend and great bird taxidermist Eugene Streekstra took control and parlayed these useful pictures into a beautiful, hand-created greater prairie chicken piece. Eugene had recently traveled to South Dakota and was able to collect several of these magnificent prairie grouse. With his many years of hands-on bird work, he proved to be the perfect candidate to put together Breakthrough’s great reference pictures, with his years of experience and knowledge, to create a fantastic booming and strutting greater prairie chicken mount.
For the purpose of saving space within this article, the complete skinning, fleshing, and washing process will not be detailed, however, I will begin with how the specimen is treated as the entire assembly process begins.
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THE 2016 BREAKTHROUGH AWARD WINNERS
Australian Assoc. of Wildlife Artists Tony Bianco
Canada Taxidermists Association Ken Noyes
National Taxidermists Association Tim Gorenchan
New Zealand Taxidermists Assoc. Ben Carillo
United Kingdom Guild of Taxidermy Jack Fishwick
United Taxidermists of America Rodney Schreurs
Arkansas Mickey Bowman
California Ken Walker
Colorado Josh Gustard
Florida Doug Montgomery